The Warcraft Movie Trailer lets you soar in VR

Youtube screenshot Warcraft VR trailer
Watch where you’re flying!

The new Warcraft movie trailer called Warcraft: The Skies of Azeroth was showcased at San Diego Comic-Con and it gives you 360-degree view of Azeroth’s Stormwind region on the back of a gryphon. Built to be used by movie studio Legendary Pictures’s own virtual reality app called Legendary VR and in partnership with Google’s cheap VR head set, the Google Cardboard, Duncan Jones’s Warcraft movie trailer was debuted along side Guillermo del Toro’s Beware Crimson Peak trailer and last year’s Jaeger Pilot.

Legendary Pictures VP of theatrical strategy Barnaby Legg said that the medium was the best way to give audiences new ways into their properties, similar to their other tie-ins such as graphic novels, and it was a treat to the fans. With that expectation, Legendary Pictures and their partners have already prepared 50,000 copies of the new Google Cardboard Legendary set to be distributed over the course of the week.

During the trailer debut, in an interview with The Verge, Duncan Jones revealed that the movie is almost finished and that he may make a trilogy of Warcraft movies.

Warcraft is set to hit theaters by 16 June 2016.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoNNauhxaco

via GameSpot, The Verge

via The Verge

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Check out Batman’s gadgets and toys in Batman v Superman

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DC and Warner Bros. is going for the broke at SDCC 2015 as Marvel decline to put up any challenge this year. We have a glimpse of the two superheroes in their full glory as the studio displays the figures here:

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Not content with that, we go to see what kind of gadgets and tools that Ben Affleck’s Batman going to use in the movie. Ranging from the updated Batarang to the grappling gun and flashbang grenade, Batman is going to need everything he can muster to face-off with a formidable entity like Superman or cunning personality like Lex Luthor.

And of course, Batman needs something decisive to equal the playing field against Superman in the contest of brute strength – the Batsuit power armour. According to rumours, the armour will have Kryptonite components in it or powering it, which makes sense given that Batman will take any advantage over Superman that he can muster.

Director Zack Synder expands on reasons why Batman decided to take on Superman – the billionaire is horrified after witnessing the massive, 9/11-like destruction of the city during the final showdown between General Zod and Superman. In that spectacular fight, several employees of Wayne Industries were killed as collateral and Batman is not very happy about it. Hence it became a personal issue for Bruce Wayne to confront Superman on that matter.

In order to win the hearts and minds of the attendees at SDCC 2015, both stars will have an autograph and meet the fans session. However, we do wonder if Warner Bros and DC will put up any new video clips or announcing the formation of Justice League. We keeping our fingers crossed for sure.

Source: EW, SreenRant , Yahoo & Twitter

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Dimension W set to be an anime series next year

 

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During the Anime Expo 2015, FUNimation announced a new anime series which is based on the alternate world sci-fi manga Dimension W/ディメンションW . Since it was announced in America before Japan, it would seem that the American company will be one of the main investors of the series.

The anime will be directed by Kanta Kamei (Usagi Drop, Saekano) with the script written by Shoutarou Saga (Ishuukan Friends). Tokuyuki Matsutake (Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike) is the character designer whereas Studio 3Hz (Sora no Method). The mangaka is Yuji Iwahara (Darker than Black: Shikkoku no Hana) who started the work since 16 September 2011 for the seinen based Young Gangan. So far seven volumes of tankubon have been published with the eight volume set for publishing on 10 July 2015.

Official synopsis by Square Enix, owner of Young Gangan:

In the future, Nikola Tesla’s dream of a ‘World System’ of electricity is realized. Cords and batteries are a thing of the past, and now people can directly draw energy using devices known as ‘coils.’ Some people, however, modify these coils for destructive purposes. Mabuchi Kyoma, a man who lives in ruins and has a passion for ‘vintage’ gas-powered cars, has good reason to know what damage these coils can do. He takes on assignments from a large woman known as Marie, recovering illegal coils in exchange for cash and gasoline.

One day, he goes out on one of his usual missions, to retrieve illegal coils from two criminal brothers, Jony and Every Won. When he gets to their gang’s hideout, however, there is another stranger there: a mysterious, cloaked captive that appears to be a young lady. Who is she and will this meeting change Kyoma’s life?”

None of the voice cast has yet to be announced but we do know the series will come in 2016.

via: MAL

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Dr. Who is back for Season 9 with Peter Capaldi as the latest Time Lord. At SDCC 2015, we got to see the new trailer featuring adventures of him, Missy and Clara facing turns and twists in the ever expanding time continuum.

Premiering with a two-part installment, “The Magician’s Apprentice” and “The Witch’s Familiar”, Season 9 of Dr. Who will feature talents like Maisie Williams, Rufas Hound, Tom Stourton, Ariyon Bakare, Simon Lipkin, Ian Conningham, Murray McArthur, Barnaby Kay, John Voce, Struan Rodger, Jemma Redgrave, Kelly Hunter, Clare Higgins, Jaye Griffiths, Daniel Hoffmann-Gill, Jami Reid-Quarrell, Aaron Neil, India Ria Amarteifio, Joey Price, Dasharn Anderson, Harki Bhambra, Demi Papaminas, and a returning Michelle Gomez as the villian Missy. Steven Moffat still reigning as lead writer and showrunner of the series.

Capaldi summarizes the Season 9 as:

[The Doctor and Clara have] suddenly realised that they are the most fortunate people in all of time and space and are hell-bent on adventure. (The Doctor) is in pursuit of joy and grabbing every thrill that he can along the way. But I sense him running from something, that even he does not yet understand…”

Chiming in support, actress Jenna Coleman who plays as Clara said, “found their groove and they’re eating up time and space with reckless abandon.” She continues, “There’s been kind of a freedom to us both. It’s our glory years and it’s really adrenaline fueled and it’s about pushing the adventure right up until the end. And obviously with that comes great danger. But it’s just been very fun. I think Clara has changed some and wants to feel alive now and eat up time with her best friend in the TARDIS.”

One point of interest is the debut of Maisie Williams (Arya Stark in Game of Thrones) in unspecified role. In the trailer she greets Dr. Who as “Old Man”. So who is she? Long lost daughter of the Dr. Who? River Song? Capaldi teases that Williams character “shifts in cosmic way”.

Dr.Who Season 9 will premier worldwide on 19 September 2015.

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Is ZombiU shambling over to the PS4 and Xbox One?

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Perhaps one of the best games ever to grace the Wii U, ZombiU might port itself over to PS4 and Xbox One based on the latest ratings submitted by Ubisoft.

Taiwan’s Game Software Regulations board rated Zombi – minus the U – for PS4 and Xbox One. The listing included artwork of the game and the new logo reflecting new name. Meanwhile, Australia’s Classification Board rated the game for Xbox One at the same time. This can’t be mere coincidence.

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Katniss Everdeen is clad in crimson and ready for Mockingjay Part 2

The awesome poster
The awesome poster

The heroic mythos of Katniss Everdeen  has bee emphasized further in the latest promo campaign by Lionsgate at SDCC 2015. Now she looks like a real superhero, complete with cape here. In red.

The new teaser is titled “Stand with the Mockingjay” shows her atop a monument that is modeled after the signature finger salute of the Mockingjay. Besides this teaser, the film studio released a poster featuring Katniss in crimson red costume sitting like a king/queen on a white throne to create a striking contrast.

Official synopsis by Lionsgate:

With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Finnick (Sam Claflin), and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games.”

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 will start the war of liberation at theaters on 20 November 2015.

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Elektra is coming to haunt Daredevil in Season Two

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With her appearance and Punisher, things will get really funky for the hero in Hell’s Kitchen. In the lore, both love each other but are torn apart by their ideology, Daredevil is a traditional hero whereas Elektra is a no-nonsense and violent killer for hire.

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The famous logo from the 80s

Director of Ghostbusters, Paul Feig (Bad Teacher, Bridesmaids) , released a few images of the movie in order to hype up the fans. No doubt that he has to convince the public that all-female Ghostbusters team will be as awesome as the old 80s version, which has met with some doubts from the fans as to whether or not this could actually work.

First, we have a look at the iconic Ecto-1:

The director even obliged one of the fan’s request for a rear view of the vehicle:

Here’s one of the main cast (Melissa McCarthy) is decked out in the new uniform suit:

Of course, the director detailed and labeled all the parts of the proton pack here, much to the delight of cosplayers everywhere:

The Ecto-1 have some clever tweaks to it, as the car used is a Cadillac Superior Hearse ’84 model. The car’s year of production is a nod to the first Ghostbusters movie that came out in 1984. Notice that the car have a Slimer-lookalike hood ornament too.

The movie cast consists of female comediennes like Kristen Wiig (The Spoils of Babylon, Saturday Night Live) , Melissa McCarthy (Saturday Night Live, Masterminds) , Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live, Angry Birds) and Leslie Jones (Spy, Bridesmaids) as the Ghostbusters whereas Chris Hemsworth (Rush, Thor) will be the receptionist in a gender reversal role.

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Erin Gilbert (Wiig) and Abby Bergman (McCarthy) are a pair of unheralded authors who write a book positing that ghosts are real. A few years later Gilbert lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia University, but her book resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia. Gilbert reunites with Bergman and others when ghosts invade Manhattan and she and her team have to save the world

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The latest development saw the series get back on track when the actor made a new deal with Fox to return to the show for the 27/28th season. Fox issued an official statement regarding about this:

Following the announcement of THE SIMPSONS’ renewal for an unprecedented 27th and 28th seasons, FOX is proud to confirm that each and every member of the iconic series’ voice cast will be returning in the roles they’ve brought to life since the show’s beginnings as a series of animated shorts nearly 30 years ago.”

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Oh yeah!

The second anthology of Star Wars has been confirmed and it is about Han Solo, everyone’s favourite rogue, amoral smuggler. The LEGO movie director duo, Phil Lord and Chris Miller is set to direct this movie which is set to be shown at cinemas on 25 May 2018.

Screenplay is by Lawrence Kasdan (The Force Awakens) and Jon Kasdan. The official synopsis by StarWars.com:

The story focuses on how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley.”

The directors have this to say about this:

This is the first film we’ve worked on that seems like a good idea to begin with. We promise to take risks, to give the audience a fresh experience, and we pledge ourselves to be faithful stewards of these characters who mean so much to us. This is a dream come true for us. And not the kind of dream where you’re late for work and all your clothes are made of pudding, but the kind of dream where you get to make a film with some of the greatest characters ever, in a film franchise you’ve loved since before you can remember having dreams at all.”

Meanwhile the writer’s excitement about this is palpable here too:

We’re so excited to be working with Chris and Phil, who will bring a fresh new dimension to the Star Wars Universe. They’re two of the smartest, funniest and most original filmmakers around, and the ideal choice to tell the story of Han Solo, one of the coolest characters in the galaxy.”

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